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After Soeuth and Syna Lao visited GFC, I just knew I had to go to Cambodia on missions. With a vision team of Pastor Albert, Elder Bill and myself, we were involved with many ministries and worked with all different age groups. My favorite part was painting the nursery in Santapheap village where the kids were simply amazing, living in poverty but always so joyful. We also visited many other village churches to conduct Bible studies and discipleship classes for the adults. There was an English school where we taught classes at different levels, and most of the students were also part of the youth fellowship and came out to the large sports rally we held at the Laos home. God is doing so many great things in Poipet; thankfully, this trip is just the first of many! ~Shirley
If only I can imagine myself being homeless, jobless and godless, then identify with others' sufferings, and thus become compassionate towards every single person I encounter, my work does not carry much weight. My heart needs to be broken for others, before I can become a true follower of Christ. ~Hei
When the land crumbles and people are hurting, God's heart is broken over them. Instead of going there to help with the physical deconstruction and reconstruction, what's most necessary is to offer our listening ears, friendly smiles and caring hearts to people who need God's grace and strength. ~Hei
We visited LongShan temple and saw the full force of idol worship at work among so many people. By the time we left, I was almost on the verge of tears thinking of the seemingly hopeless situation we had left behind in the temple and had done nothing about. But again, God brought me back to reality and grounded me showing just how awesome and powerful He truly is: as we were leaving, I saw that a golden sticker of a cross was taped to the sign right outside the temple gate. Although it was only a small sticker in front of a giant temple, it just shows that God IS working in his own way in his own time according to His plan. And it just gave me hope and the assurance that one day, God will raise up a chosen generation of believers in Taiwan. ~Shirley
No matter how much we plan and prepare, we always have to leave room for the Spirit's work, because God is bigger and greater than our small, small scheme of things. When we least expect it, God can do mighty things! ~Hei
Working with our connections with Long Island Alliance Church, we were introduced to a church in the rural area of Dominican Republic. During our time there, we ministered to the village children with Vacation Bible School and other age appropriate activities. Some of the team preached and conducted Bible studies. We even allocated one of our days to fast together for a day seeking God to work beyond what we can do. We were humbled by the standard of living there as it was a challenge for us to be acclimated to our tropical surroundings. ~Pastor Albert
Amazingly, our first official church-sponsored short term missions trip was with YUGO Ministries working to build up young churches in Tijuana. The STM team ministered to Mexican children with arts & crafts, games, and Bible lessons. Some of the ladies conducted Bible studies while the men conducted sports oriented ministry outreaches. This was not only a STM trip to perform but we were also fed everyday with the Word of God from YUGO staffers. Praise God that our first taste of STM was a positive and productive one. ~Pastor Albert